Regulation of retail tobacco advertising, promotion and sale has become more important since passage of a federal law providing for such regulations, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Center for Public Health Systems Science surveyed tobacco control authorities in 48 states, once in 2012 and again in 2014. Most reported that tobacco retail policy regulation had become more important since the passage in 2009 of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The act allows state and local governments to restrict the time, place and manner of tobacco ads.
Most cited a greater awareness of local authority and the availability of resources to work on tobacco retail policy. States that already had smoke-free policies and increased tobacco taxes were more likely to focus on point-of-sale restrictions. Limited funding, competing priorities and lack of capacity were cited by the 25 percent of states that did not report increased attention to retail regulation.
“These findings suggest that the point of sale is an important next step in tobacco control when other, traditional tobacco control policy goals have been achieved or pursued to the fullest extent,” said Dr. Sarah Moreland-Russell, research assistant professor at the Brown School and lead author of the study.
The paper was published October 16, 2015 in AIMS Public Health.